Sunday, March 1, 2015

No Change in the Rate of Personal Income-Tax and The Rate of Tax for Companies on Income in Financial Year 2015-16

Surcharge @12% Levied on Individuals, HUFs, AOPs, BOIs, Artificial Juridical Persons, Firms, Cooperative Societies and Local Authorities Having Income Exceeding Rs 1 Crore

The Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley in his Budget Speech in Lok Sabha today proposed no change in the rate of personal Income-tax. He announced the tax proposals with no change in the rate of tax for companies in respect of the income earned in the financial year 2015-16, assessable in the assessment year 2016-17.

However, Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley proposed to levy a surcharge at the rate of 12% on individuals, HUFs, AOPs, BOIs, artificial juridical persons, firms, cooperative societies and local authorities having income exceeding Rs 1 crore. Surcharge in the case of domestic companies having income exceeding Rs 1 crore and upto Rs 10 crore is proposed to be levied @ 7% and surcharge @ 12% is proposed to be levied on domestic companies having income exceeding Rs 10 crore.

Shri Jaitley further proposed that in the case of foreign companies the surcharge will continue to be levied @ 2% if the income exceeds Rs 1 crore and is upto Rs 10 crore, and @ 5% if the income exceeds Rs 10 crore.

It is also proposed to levy a surcharge @ 12% as against current rate of 10% on additional income-tax payable by companies on distribution of dividends and buyback of shares, or by mutual funds and securitization trusts on distribution of income.

The education cess on income-tax @ 2% for fulfillment of the commitment of the Government to provide and finance universalized quality based education and 1% of additional surcharge called ‘Secondary and Higher Education Cess’ on tax and surcharge is proposed to be continued for the financial year 2015-16 for all taxpayers.

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One Rank, One Pension stuck between Services and Defence Ministry

Reinstating government’s commitment on implementing the ‘One Rank, One Pension’ policy, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said the issue is pending as the method of calculating pension is stuck between the Armed Services and the Defence Ministry.

“I have already in the last Budget said that we are going to implement ‘One Rank, One Pension’. This need not be stated on every occasion. We are completely committed to it,” Jaitley told reporters here when asked about the delay in launching the scheme.

Explaining the reasons behind the delay, the Minister said: “The methodology of calculating the One Rank, One Pension is an issue pending between the Services and the Defence Ministry.”

As and when that idea is formulated, not only it should be implemented, it will be implemented, he added.

“You may only notice that I have today, despite the squeeze, increased the allocation for Defence by almost Rs 25,000 crore,” Jaitley said.

Last month, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had said that ‘One rank, One pension’ scheme will be rolled out soon.

The scheme, which seeks to ensure that a uniform pension is paid to defence personnel who retire at the same rank with the same length of service, irrespective of their date of retirement, has been a long-standing demand of the over two million ex-servicemen in the country.

Source:http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/one-rank-one-pension-stuck-between-services-and-defence-ministry/
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Retirement age of scientists may go up -THE HINDU

Science & Technology Ministry to be re-oriented: Chowdhary

HYDERABAD, February 28, 2015  The Union Government is considering raising the retirement age for scientists in Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) labs and other institutions under the Ministry of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences to 65. The present retirement age is 60.

 The proposed increase would be on par with university teachers and other national institutions of the Ministry of Human Resources Development. Talking to The Hindu in connection with the National Science Day being observed on February 28, Union Minister of State for Science and Technology, Y.S. Chowdhary, said discussions in this regard were underway.  He said the Ministry would be re-oriented to ensure that the outcomes of research benefit the people. “We definitely have mega plans.”

He said the idea behind re-orientation was also meant to facilitate “ease of doing research”. Reforms with focus on transparency would be introduced so that an ambience could be created for scientists to thrive.

 Agreeing for the need to increase spending on R&D, which was currently just 0.8 per cent of the GDP, he said a blueprint was being prepared in this regard. Funds could be sourced through international bonds, Central and State governments, he said.

 Source:http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/retirement-age-of-scientists-may-go-up/article6942114.ece
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Friday, February 27, 2015

EXPECTED DA JULY 2015-AICPIN FOR JANUARY 2015 RELEASED

No. 5/1/2015- CPI
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT
LABOUR BUREAU
`CLEREMONT’, SHIMLA-171004
DATED: the 27 th February, 2015


Press Release

Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) – January, 2015

The All-India CPI-IW for January, 2015 increased by 1 point and pegged at 254 (two hundred and fifty four). On 1-month percentage change, it increased by 0.40 per cent between December, 2014 and January, 2015 when compared with the decrease of (-) 0.84 per cent between the same two months a year ago.

The largest upward pressure to the change in current index came from Housing group contributing (+) 1.36 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Wheat, Wheat Atta, Arhar Dal, Masur Dal, Moong Dal, Groundnut Oil, Mustard Oil, Fish Fresh, Goat Meat, Milk, Cigarette, Firewood etc. are responsible for the increase in index. However, this increase was restricted by Rice, Eggs (Hen), Onion, Vegetable and Fruit items, Sugar, Petrol etc., putting downward pressure on the index.

The year-on-year inflation measured by monthly CPI-IW stood at 7.17 per cent for January, 2015 as compared to 5.86 per cent for the previous month and 7.24 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 7.81 per cent against 5.73 per cent of the previous month and 8.94 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.
At centre level, Haldia reported a maximum increase of 18 points followed by Jamshedpur (7 points), Lucknow (6 points), Quilon (5 points) and Srinagar & Vadodra (4 points each). Among others, 3 points rise was observed in 6 centres, 2 points in 9 centres and 1 point in 17 centres. On the contrary, Rourkela recorded maximum decrease of 7 points followed by Bhilai & Coimbatore (5 points each), Madurai & Labac Si!char (4 points each). Among others, 3 points fall was registered in 5 centres, 2 points in 2 centres and 1 point in 13 centres. Rest of the 15 centres’ indices remained stationary.

The indices of 36 centres are above All India Index and other 40 centres’ indices are below national average. The index of Bhopal and Bokaro centre remained at par with all-India index.

The next index of CPI-IW for the month of February, 2015 will be released on Tuesday, 31st March, 2015. The same will also be available on the office website www. labourbureau. gov. in.

Sd/-

(S.S.NEGI)
DIRECTOR

Source:http://labourbureau.nic.in/press%20note%20eng%20jan%202015.pdf
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Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme

There have been no specific complaints regarding misuse of funds. However, there are some complaints about lack of funds allocated to the ECHS. The budget allocated at Budget Estimate stage was less than projected estimate and additional funds were allocated at Revised Estimate (RE) stage. The shortfall of medicines is not directly related to lack of funds and it is attributed to procedure involved in procurement of medicines. Some private hospitals have withdrawn their services from ECHS due to various reasons including low rates, delay in clearance of bills etc.

The steps taken by the Government to improve health care under ECHS include sanction of additional manpower to ECHS polyclinics, revision of remuneration, bringing all 28 Regional Centres under online billing mode for timely processing and payment of medical bills of empanelled facilities, upgrading ECHS Card, empanelment of more medical facilities etc.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri B.V. Naik in Lok Sabha today.

Source:http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0
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Export of Defence Products

The Government has taken the following steps for export of defence products:-

(i)
A Defence Export Strategy has been formulated and put in public domain.  The strategy outlines the need for promotional measures and simplification of regulatory processes for facilitating / promoting the export of defence products.

(ii)
Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for issue of No Objection Certificate (NOC) for export of military stores has been finalized and put in public domain.

(iii)
On-line system of receiving application for issue of NOC for export of military stores has been introduced.

As per DGFT Policy Circular No.45 (RE-08)/2004-2009, dated 4th December 2008, Department of Defence Production (DDP) issues “NOC” for export of goods, which are in the nature of military stores.

During the last three years and the current year, NOCs for export of military stores to the following countries have been issued:-

Algeria, Benin, Nigeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sri Lanka, Paraguay, Japan, Afghanistan, Spain, Nepal, Belgium, Malaysia, Norway, Romania, Port of Spain, Venezuela, France, Vietnam, UK, UAE, Bangladesh, Ghana, Sweden, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Egypt, Burkina Faso, Brazil, Israel, Republic of Korea, Macau, Oman, Tunisia, Libya, Nuevo Leon, Ecuador, Kazakhstan, Uruguay, Netherland, Canada, Russia, USA, Namibia, Indonesia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Switzerland, Czech, Kenya, Botswana, Tajikistan, Singapore, Ireland, Italy, Gabon and Turkey.

The Government has not fixed any target for export of military stores to other countries.

This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply to Shri P.C. Mohan in Lok Sabha today.

Source:http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0
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Thursday, February 26, 2015

NPS-Simplification of Withdrawal process-PFRDA

PENSION FUND REGULATORY AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

PFRDA/2015/07/EXIT/02
25 th February, 2015

To,

All Govt depts./PAO’s/PrAO’S/DDO’S/DTO’S & CRA

Dear Sir/ Madam,

SUB: Simplification of Withdrawal process – Documentary requirements

Currently, the following documents are required to be submitted by the subscribers for processing a withdrawal request by CRA / NPS Trust for various types of withdrawals and which are common across all the sectors of National Pension System.

1. Original PRAN Card or In the absence of PRAN card, notarized affidavit
2. Photo ID proof*
3. Address proof of the Claimant*
4. Cancelled cheque (containing claimant’s Name, Bank Account Number and IFS  Code) or Bank Certificate

* If a document contains both identification and address for compliance with KYC requirements, it would be sufficient for processing the withdrawals. Ex: Passport,Aadhar, Driving license, Ration card etc.

Additionally, the following documents are asked for exits arising out of death of the subscriber

5. Death certificate in original issued by local authorities
6. Legal Heir Certificate/Succession Certificate as applicable in case if nominationis not registered by the subscriber

However, feedback has been received at various meetings conducted by PFRDA with Government officials, subscribers and other stakeholders that the burden of documentation is too heavy and needs to be reduced for a smooth operation of the system. The Authority based on the feedback and also upon reexamination of the procedural requirements at various levels and has decided to simplify the documentary requirements for the Government subscriber sector to begin with. However, the long run goal is to minimise the documentary requirements for all sectors.

The following are the revised requirements for the Government sector subscriber for the Exit and withdrawal requests submitted to CRA / NPS Trust:

1. KYC documents, Bank Passbook/cancelled cheque/bank certificate and Name mis-match certification: The certification provided by the PAO/PrAO/DDO/DTO that

the KYC requirements of proper identification of the subscriber has been done (as per Annexure I)
that the name as provided in the withdrawal application form be accepted as final.
Bank account details as provided in the application form be accepted as final.
Would be accepted and claims dealt accordingly.

2. Nomination – If already existing in CRA system – there is no further requirement to fill in the details, unless the subscriber wishes to change the nomination already provided

3. Original PRAN card or In the absence of PRAN card, notarized affidavit: Not required to be submitted henceforth.

4. Death certificate – Copy of the death certificate duly attested by the concerned PAO/PrAO/DDO/DTO with a specific certification that it is a true copy of the original death certificate and such certificate shall be dated and subscribed by such officer with his name, title and seal of office would be accepted as adequate for the purpose of establishing the death of the subscriber.

Yours faithfully,

Sd/-
Venkateswarlu Peri
General Manager

ANNEXURE I

1. KYC CERTIFICATION

Certified that Shri/Smt …………. Son/Wife of Shri …………………, who is an employee of (office address) ……………. from (date) ……. and is at present holding the post of ……………….. and his/her identity is certified as provided in the NPS withdrawal application form along with the address as provided.

Further, the name and Bank account details as provided in the withdrawal application form by the subscriber shall be accepted as final.

Date ……………..

Name, Designation, Address & Tel No
Of the certifying officer

Source: http://pfrda.org.in/MyAuth/Admin/showimg.cshtml?ID=583
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JCM Staff Side Meeting with the Chairman, 7th CPC.

NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
3, CHELMSFORD ROAD, NEW DELHI . 110055 

No.IV/NFIR/7th CPC/Corres/Pt.V
Dated 25/02/2015

Sub: JCM Staff Side Meeting with the Chairman, 7th CPC.

The JCM Staff Side delegation met the Chairman, Seventh Central Pay Commission, 25/02/2015 at 11:00 hrs. The following issues were raised :-

i. Merger of DA with Pay and grant of Interim Relief :-

The JCM Staff Side insisted that the Pay Commission should consider Staff Side memorandum submitted in the month of June 2014 and recommend DA merger. The Chairman, 7th CPC replied that there is no communication from the Government of India to give interim report on DA merger demand. After discussion, the Chairman 7th CPC has decided to send D.O. letter to the Government today conveying the strong protest of Staff Side/JCM.

With regard to grant of Interim Relief, the Chairman heard the point of view of the Staff Side JCM that it is only “provisional payment in view of market situation and urged upon the Commission to send suo-moto recommendation to the Government.

ii. Allotment of time slots for explaining the case of Central Government Employees as well ‘ Departments like Railways, Postal, Defence (Civil side) etc.,

The Chairman suggested that small committees may be constituted by the Staff Side for meeting the Pay Commission for deliberations and enough time will be given. He also said that the Memorandums given by JCM, Federations/Unions/Associations have been gone into by the Pay Commission fully. He further said that VII CPC will meet the teams from each department and hear their proposals.

Responding to this, the JCM Staff Side has agreed to make out the proposal for the purpose of facilitating the Pay Commission to hear the views/submissions of the Federations/Unior/Associations. The deliberations may commence somewhere after 15th March, 2015. Staff Side JCM will prepare time schedule proposal and send to Pay Commission accordingly.

iii. Gramin Dak Sewaks – The case was explained. The Pay Commission was suggested that the copy of Supreme Court Judgment may be made available for examination.

On behalf of NFIR S/Shri M.Raghavaiah (JCM Staff Side/Leader), Guman Singh, R.P.Bhatnagar and B.C. Sharma have participated in the meeting.

sd/-
(Dr M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary

Source: NFIR
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Highlights of Railway Budget 2015

The key themes of the Budget were in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's initiatives - Swachch Bharat Mission, Make in India and Digital India.

1 The most-expected part about this year's Railway Budget - there is no increase in passsenger rail fares.

2 Rs.8.5 lakh crore will be invested in Railways in next 5 years.

3 'Operation 5 mins', wherein passengers travellling unreserved can purchase a ticket in 5 minutes.

4 Bio toilets and airplane-type vaccum toilets in trains.

5 Surveillance cameras in select coaches and ladies compartments for women's safety without compromising on privacy.

6 Rail tickets can now be booked 120 days in advance.

7 Speed on nine railway corridors to go up to 200 km per hour.

8 Wi-Fi in more stations, mobile phone charging facilities in all train compartments.

9 Facility of online booking of wheelchair for senior citizens.

10 Satellite railway terminals in major cities.

11 Centrally managed Rail Display Network is expected to be introduced in over 2K stations over the next 2 years.

12 All india 24/7 helpline - 138 from March 2015 ; Toll free No.182 for security.

13 917 road under-bridges and over-bridges to be constructed to replace 3,438 railway crossings; at a cost of Rs. 6,581 crore.

14 Four Railway Research Centres to start in four universities.

15 Details about new trains and increased frequency will be announced later in this session of Parliament after review.

What is the investment plan?

The Railway Budget envisages an investment of Rs. 8.5 lakh crore in next five years.

How is it going to be mobilized?

The Minister suggested that the money could be raised from multiple sources - from multilateral development banks to pension funds.

What is the action plan in the sphere fund raising?

Go in for partnership with key stakeholders - States, PSUs, partner with multilateral and bi-lateral organizations other governments to gain access to long-term financing. Also, get technology from overseas. The private sector could be roped in to improve last-mile connectivity, expand fleet of rolling stock and modernize station infrastructure.

What is the thrust?

The thrust will be on revamping management practices, systems, processes, and re-tooling of human resources.

What is the proposal on capacity augmentation?

1. De-congesting networks with basket of traffic-generating projects will be the priority

2. Priority to last-mile connectivity projects

3. Fast-track sanctioned works on 7,000 kms of double/third/fourth lines

4. Commissioning 1200 km in 2015-16 at an investment of Rs. 8,686 crore, 84% higher Y-O-Y.

5. Commissioning 800 km of gauge conversion targeted in current fiscal.

6. 77 projects covering 9,400 km of doubling/tripling/quadrupling works along with electrification, covering almost all States, at a cost of Rs. 96,182 crore, which is over 2700% higher in terms of amount sanctioned.

7. Traffic facility work is a top priority with an outlay of Rs. 2374 crore .

8. Award of 750 km of civil contracts and 1300 km of system contracts in 2015-16 on Dedicated

9. Freight Corridor (DFC); 55 km section of Eastern DFC to be completed in the current year.

10. Preliminary engineering-cum-traffic survey (PETS) for four other DFCs in progress.

11. Acceleration of pace of Railway electrification: 6,608 route kilometers sanctioned for 2015-16, an increase of 1330% over the previous year.

Source:http://www.thehindu.com/business/budget/highlights-of-railway-budget-2015/article6936553.ece
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Validity of Self Attested Documents

It is a constant endeavour of the Government to simplify procedures by introduction of self certification. For this, all Central Ministries / Departments as well as State Government / UTs have been requested to review the existing requirement in this regard and make provision for self certification, wherever possible. Response from 25 States / UTs has been received indicating action taken by them.

Different organizations prescribe different criteria for attestation, subject to statutory and legal provisions. As per its mandate, Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances has been requesting them to adopt self-certification, wherever possible, as a measure of administrative reform.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in Prime Minister’s office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Narendra Kumar Kashyap in the Rajya Sabha today.

Source:http://www.pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=0
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Meeting to be held on 25/2/2015 under the Chairmanship of Secretary (P).

IMMEDIATE
MEETING NOTICE
F.No.3/1/2015-jCA
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 23rd February, 2015 
OFFICE MEMORANDUM 

Subject: Meeting to be held on 25/2/2015 under the Chairmanship of Secretary (P).

This is in continuation of this Department’s letter of even no. dated 20th February, 2015 forwarding therewith the letter No. NC/JCM/2015 dated 11/2/2015 received from Staff Side, NC (JCM). A copy of the Charter of Demands received vide their letter dated. 2nd February is also enclosed.

2. In this connection, I would like to inform you that a meeting is scheduled to be held on 25/2/2015 at 2.30 PM in Room No. 190, Ministry of Personnel & Training, North Block under the chairman ship of Secretary (Personnel) to discuss the issues raised in Charter of demands of Staff Side NC(JCM).

3, Kindly make it convenient to attend the meeting.

(Mamta Kundra) 
Joint Secretary (E)
Tel. No. 2309 4276


F .No.3/ 1/2015-JCA
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG &Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training

North Block, New Delhi
Dated: 20th February, 2015

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Meeting of the NC (JCM) Staff side under the Chairmanship of Secretary, DOPT on 25/2/2015 at 2:30 p.m. -regarding.

This is with reference to your letter No. NC/JCM/2015 dated 11/2/2015 and 16/2/2015 enclosing therein a copy of Charter of Demands.

2. In this connection, I am directed to inform you that a meeting, under the chairmanship of Secretary (DOPT), is scheduled to be held on 25/2/2015 to discuss the issues raised in the Charter of demands. The meeting will be held at 2.30 PM in Room No. 190, Department of Personnel & Training, North Block

3. Kindly make it convenient to attend the meeting.

Sd/-
(K.Kipgen)
Director (JCA)
Tel. 24623711
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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
DEPARTMENT OF PERSONNEL & TRAINING
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES
AND PENSIONS

NORTH BLOCK, NEW DELHI-110001

D.O.NO.4/3/2009-JCA

Dated 17th February, 2015

Dear sir/Madam

Kindly refer to D.O. letter of even number dated 23rd July, 2012 regarding holding of meetings of Departmental Councils regularly with a view to making effective use of Joint Consultative Machinery (JCM) Scheme. Secretary, DoPT had also vide his d.o letter of even number dated 3rd December, 2012 & 26th September, 2013 requested to promote this interaction more proactively through regular meetings of Departmental/Office Councils under your Ministry/Department.

2. The JCM Scheme provides for Departmental Councils at the level of individual Ministries/Departments including their attached and subordinate offices and instructions have been issued by this . Department from time to time for making effective use of the JCM scheme. The Staff Side of JCM however has been remonstrating that regular dialogue with the Staff Side through the mechanism of Departmental Councils at Ministry/Department level is not happening frequently. You would kindly appreciate that this is essential as it helps in resolving differences and stimulates an atmosphere of trust.

3. It is therefore requested that the Departmental Councils should be constituted in those Ministries/Departments where they have not been constituted and where they are already in existence, the meetings of the Departmental Councils should be held more frequently to resolve Staff Side grievances.

Yours sincerely
Sd/-
(Mamta Kundra)

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LATEST CLARIFICATION ON COMPASSIONATE APPOINTMENT-DOPT

Department of Personnel & Training
Establishment 'D' Section

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Compassionate Appointment
Definition of a Dependent Family Member

S.No.  Question                                  
60      Whether 'married  son' can be considered for compassionate
appointment?

Answer Yes, if he otherwise fulfils all the other requirements of the Scheme
i.e. he is otherwise eligible and fulfils the criteria laid down in this
 Department's O.M. dated 16th January, 2013. This would be effective from the date of issue of this FAQ viz. 25th February, 2015 and the cases of compassionate appointment already
 settled w.r.t. the FAQs dated 30th May, 2013,may not be reopened.

Sr.No.13 of the FAQs dated 30th May, 2013 may be deemed to have
been modified to this extent.

(Rakesh Moza)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Tel. No. 2304 0339 

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Amendment to Central Civil Service (Leave) Rules, 1972 - Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995 (PWD Act, 1995)-DOPT

No.18017/1/2014-Estt(L)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Personnel & Training
New Delhi, the 25thFebruary, 2015

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Amendment to Central Civil Service (Leave) Rules, 1972 - Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995 (PWD Act, 1995)-regarding

The Central Civil Services (Leave) Rules, 1972 were amended vide the Department of Personnel and Training Notification No. 13026/1/2002-Est(L) dated the 15/16thJanuary, 2004 consequent to the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities,Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995 (PWD Act, 1995) which came into force from 7thFebruary, 1996.

2. Section 47 of the PWD Act, 1995 provides that services of no employee can beterminated nor can he be reduced in rank in case the employee has acquired a disability during his service. The first proviso to the Section 47 lays down that if such an employee is not suitable for the post he was holding, he could be shifted to some other post.

However, his pay and service benefits would be protected. The second proviso provides that if it is not possible to adjust such an employee against any post, he would be kept on a supernumerary post until a suitable post is available or he attains the age of superannuation, whichever is earlier. Further, the Clause (2) of Section 47 provides that no promotion shall be denied to a person merely on ground of his disability. In Kunal Singh v. Union of India, [2003] 4 SCC 524, Hon'ble Supreme Court has observed that the very frame and contents of Section 47 of the PWD Act, 1995 clearly indicate its
mandatory nature.

3. The issues relating to leave or absence of Government servants who have acquired a disability while in service are required to be dealt with in the light of the provisions of the Section 47 of Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995. The case of a disabled government servant who is declared fit to resume duty but who may not able to perform the duties of the post he was holding earlier may be dealt with as per the first proviso to Section 47 of the PWD Act, 1995. The second proviso shall apply if it is not possible to adjust him against any existing post. In all such cases, the Government servant so adjusted shall be entitled to the pay scale and other service benefits attached to the post
he was holding.

4. A disabled Government servant who is not fit to return to duty shall be adjusted as per second proviso to the Section 47 mentioned above, until he is declared fit to resume duty or attains the age of superannuation whichever is earlier, with the same pay scale and service benefits. On being declared fit for resuming duty, the Government servant who is not fit for the post he is holding, may be adjusted as per the first proviso to Section 47.

5. Leave applied on medical certificate in connection with disability should not be refused or revoked without reference to a Medical Authority, whose advice shall be binding. The ceiling on maximum permissible leave laid down in Rule 12 may not be applied to leave on medical certificate applied in connection with the disability. Any leave debited for the period after a Government servant is declared incapacitated shall be remitted back into his/her leave account.

6. For a government servant who is unable to submit an application or medical certificate on account of disability, an application/medical certificate submitted by a family member may be accepted. The provisions relating to examination of disabled Government servants and the Medical Authorities competent to issue such certificates are also being amended.

7. Necessary amendments to the Central Civil Services (Leave) Rules, 1972 are
being notified separately.

(Mukesh Chaturvedi)
Director
Tel: 23093176
Source:http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/18017_1_2014-Estt.L-25022015.pdf
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Meeting with Seventh Pay Commission on 25.02.2015

AIRF
All India Railwaymen’s Federation

No.AIRF/60
Dated: February 24, 2015

The General Secretaries,
All Affiliated Unions,

Dear Comrades,NC J

Sub: Meeting with Seventh Pay Commission on 25.02.2015

Seventh Central Pay Commission is going to hold a meeting with Staff Side Members of NCJCM on 25th February 2015 at 11.00 am in the Conference Room, 1st Floor B­14/A, Chatrapati Shivaji Bhawan, Qutub Institutional Area, New Delhi.

Main agenda of the meeting will be on the memorandum submitted to 7th Pay Commission by JCM, Fixation of minimum wages, Retirement benefits and allowances paid to the central government employees. Feedback of the meeting will be intimated soon after.

Yours faithfully,

Sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary

Source:http://www.nrmu.net/2015/meeting-seventh-pay-commission-25-02-2015/
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